Readers of this blog know I am a feminist — very supportive of movements such as Let the Girls Play, and someone who is very happy with Kelsea Ballerini's chart performance and Maddie & Tae's record sales certifications. Yet I am also supportive of RaeLynn, the "other" female artist whose single came out at the same time as Kelsea Ballerini and Maddie & Tae. And after reading one too many articles singing the praises of the latter while using their success and ironically, even feminism to tear down RaeLynn, I'm here to explain why.
Nine years ago on the 19th, Taylor Swift released her first single to country radio, Tim McGraw. Today she's the only artist to have three albums go platinum in a week, her latest album 1989 has had the beginning opening week since 2002, and has broken countless other records. What's more than that, she's connected to a generation of young fans who she describes as "her longest relationship". And in honor her and Tim McGraw, I've decided to make a special post with my favorite 10 songs by her. And I'm not going to be calling her "Harry Styles' ex girlfriend" or anything like that.
Rachel Platten - Fight Song At first listen one might think Fight Song is a typical motivational pop ballad, but in reality, it's much more. Fight Song sounds so real, and there's hardly any unnecessary instruments or production. Even the production effects in the chorus fit in well, as they're accurate to the title and really do make the song sound like a fight song.
Tori Kelly - Should've Been Us The latest single from Tori Kelly's album Unbreakable Smile continues the R&B-esque flavor of the singles so far. It's undeniably catchy, but perhaps due to its long list of seven different composers, does not sound as real as Unbreakable Smile or even Nobody Love. I've actually preordered Unbreakable Smile on iTunes, due to my excitement over Tori Kelly as an artist herself and the co-writers such as Ed Sheeran, Toby Gad, Ilya and Claude Kelly. I probably won't like the other songs with huge numbers of composers (Expensive and California Lovers) but I'm still very excited.
Britney Spears feat. Iggy Azalea - Pretty Girls Britney Spears is seeming pretty irrelevant right now. Her last album, Britney Jean, was her first album to spend only one week in the Billboard top 10, and Pretty Girls, despite bringing in Iggy Azalea, arguably the biggest star of last summer, is her lowest-charting lead single ever. It was predicted to revive Spears' career and chart higher due to a music video and performance at the Billboard Music Awards, but sadly, it appears nobody really cares about her anymore, and I'm definitely not the only person who thinks it's annoying and too reminiscent of Fancy. Perhaps it has something to do with how the production team behind many of her earlier hits has moved onto other, younger artists...such as Taylor Swift.
Swifties have been joking that this year's Billboard Music Awards should just be renamed the Taylor Swift 1989 Awards presented by Billboard, and with her leading the finalists with 14 nominations, I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be. I've listed my predictions for selected awards, as well as who I hope wins.
Reviews of Fly by Maddie & Tae, Style by Taylor Swift, Talk by Against the Current, All the Way by Megan & Liz, Heartbeat Song by Kelly Clarkson, Time Machine by Ingrid Michaelson and more.
I didn't end up posting any singles rundowns between August and October, so I figure that it'd be a good idea to compile a bunch of the singles released recently for more posts. In this post: Sheppard, lots of Meghan Trainor, One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, etc.
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Fountain Pen Girl Album Reviews is a blog writing track-by-track reviews of new popular and independent music with a focus on female artists. The main genres that are covered on this blog are pop, country, singer-songwriter and alternative music, focusing especially on independent artists and female country artists. Enjoy my blog!
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